From the 2007 News Archive
Electronic Repository of Historic Civil Rights Documents Now Available Through Thurgood Marshall Law Library
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library, in partnership with the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
and the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR)
, is pleased to announce that a repository of historic Civil Rights documents is now available electronically to the public.
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library, which is a GPO Federal Depository Library, has been scanning hundreds of historical Civil Rights publications provided by USCCR to make the digital collection possible. "In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall Law Library’s strategic plan to enhance its civil rights collection in support of the School of Law’s teaching and research mission, the Library has worked since 2001 to create a complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications," said Bill Sleeman, Assistant Director for Technical Services at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. These documents are accessible at: http://www.law.umaryland.edu/marshall/usccr/index.asp
"GPO is honored to be participating in this project," said Judith Russell, Superintendent of Documents. "This is an example of GPO’s mission to improve service to the public and assure permanent access to digital collections."
"By providing access to the historical record of this important federal agency, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library will offer the public an opportunity to examine the efforts of the Commission more closely, while aiding the Commission in its role as a clearinghouse for information about civil rights," said Kenneth L. Marcus, United States Commission on Civil Rights.
The U.S. Government Printing Office is the Federal Government’s primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating, and preserving published U.S. Government information in all its forms. In addition, it is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three Branches of the Federal Government.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Commission meetings are open to the media and general public.